Is it possible to create a drop-down menu (on global navigation, top bar) which would pull its links from a sharepoint list? We are trying to create a drop-down menu which would incorporate security trimming. For instance, if an individual does not have access to a particular site, we would like that site to not appear under the drop-down menu.

We think we can do this in a list, but we need to create a link between that list and a drop-down menu.

Edit: I'm on SP 2010 :(

  • Technically possible, slightly complicated. You need to code something in either javascript or C#.
    – Aboba
    Apr 25, 2014 at 16:55
  • Do you have Managed Metadata? Is this 2013?
    – eirikb
    Apr 25, 2014 at 17:44

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With SharePoint 2013, you can build a Managed Metadata term set that will define global navigation. If you actually want it to be a list, however, or if you're using a previous version of SharePoint, you have to build a custom Global Navigation Provider in Visual Studio. The process of doing that is far too complicated to go through here, but here are some links to get you started:

  • Building metadata navigation in 2013 is covered here by Mavention
  • Somnath Matere explains how to build your own navigation provider on his blog
  • There are some 3rd-party solutions available on Codeplex, like SP Navigation Menu

Each option has its pros & cons, but you can decide which is the best option for your needs. Both of the second options use a SP list to define the global navigation.

  • So much for asking if he is using 2013 and if he has access to Managed Metadata beforehand in a comment :P Oh well +1
    – eirikb
    Apr 25, 2014 at 19:45
  • @eirikb : Sorry - I'm still fairly new here so I'm probably not up to snuff on all the etiquette yet.
    – Omegacron
    Apr 25, 2014 at 19:55
  • It's no problem. In all honesty you could say I was just lazy, it's not like we should let lazy people like me "hold off" answers like that :) And your answer is a good one, much better than I would have come up with
    – eirikb
    Apr 25, 2014 at 19:58

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